That’s one sick culture.

Via Times of Israel:

The kidnapping of IDF soldiers is at the heart of Palestinian culture, a military Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday, responding to a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which Abbas called such abductions alien to Palestinian norms.

“Those who refuse to abduct Zionist soldiers renounce the pain and suffering of thousands of prisoners yearning for freedom,” wrote Abu-Ubaida, a spokesman for the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, on his Facebook page, echoing the words used by Abbas in his speech.

“Operations to capture enemy soldiers and trade them for our heroic prisoners are at the heart of our people’s culture, and are a source of pride for them and their resistance,” Abu-Ubaida added.

At the “Breaking the Impasse” session closing the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan, Abbas pleaded with Israel to release pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners and thus spare Fatah the need to abduct Israeli soldiers and swap them for Palestinian prisoners, as Hamas did with Gilad Shalit.

“Do you want us to abduct other Shalits?” Abbas asked. “This is not part of our culture. We cannot do this.”